5 Superheroes Who Must Retire (& 5 Who Are Better Off Turning Themselves In)

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These heroes were the talk of the town in the past. But it’s time they either retire or answer for their crimes in a court so that the others can sleep peacefully.


Retire: John Constantine

John Constantine has literally been through hell in the DC universe. This is a guy hated by all the three realms – Earth, Heaven, and Hell. He has been through a lot and has done quite a lot for the mortal realm, more than the human beings would ever know. Considering the enemies he has made, he should quit such a risky profession and call it quits for good.


Turn Themselves In: The Punisher

Frank Castle, for all his redeeming story arcs, is a menace to society. The man is a time bomb on loose. Frank has been in and out of prisons almost his entire life. He has killed many people, sometimes even innocents who died as collateral damage due to his one man war on crime. Castle must answer for his crimes.

Retire: Batman


Over the years, Batman evolved from being a back-alley crime fighter to a full-fledged superhero who saves the world and fights Gods. Bruce has been around for quite an amount of time. He is still human and the time has come for the Dark Knight to hang his cape and cowl. The huge Bat-Family is more than capable of continuing his work.

Turn Themselves In: Deadpool

He has become immensely popular thanks to Ryan Reynolds. But make no mistake, Deadpool is a bigger menace to society than even the Punisher. The Punisher is at least aware of his actions at the end of the story. Deadpool’s casual disregard for human life and property when he fights bad guys leads to a lot of unnecessary damage.


Retire: The Sentry

Robert Reynolds has the power of a million exploding suns. As the Sentry, he is Marvel’s strongest superhero. His other persona – the Void, is even stronger. No prison in the universe is powerful enough to imprison him. The only way Robert gets out of the game is by retiring to a far off location in the universe or even another dimension.

Turn Themselves In: Rorschach


Rorschach is so deranged and homicidal his own teammates were uncomfortable working with him. Trust us when we say this, his disregard for the law or the enemies’ bones would give Batman a run for his money. Rorschach should have been arrested. His successor in Doomsday Clock is not that great either.

Retire: Cyclops

Cyclops is considered the de-facto on-field leader of the X-Men or any other associated teams. Scott has been a part of Marvel for a long time. But the truth is even Marvel writers know the guy is as bland and boring as they come. There are a lot more interesting mutant heroes who could take over as the leader. It’s time Cyclops gets some shuteye.


Turn Themselves In: Jean Grey

During the Dark Phoenix saga, Jean grey destroyed an entire civilization on a temper tantrum. She was killed and then resurrected later on. But Jean never answered for her heinous crimes. It is time she does.

Retire: Spider-Man


Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s most prized possessions. And Marvel never shies away from putting the guy through the ringer. Over the years, the guy has endured so much grief and loss that we have lost count. Now that Miles Morales is gaining popularity, we wouldn’t be surprised if Parker retires.

Turn Themselves In: Hank Pym

No amount of good work will ever undo this guy’s past mistakes. He is a wife beater and psychopath. To top it off, this is the guy who created Ultron and led to the deaths of billions. Hank Pym must turn himself in so that no one else falls prey to his mad genius.



Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.